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Maeda Atsuko meets Orlando Bloom at the “The Hobbit” world premiere

5 Dec

Actress Maeda Atsuko recently attended the world premiere of “The Hobbit: Battle of the 5 Armies” in London and came face to face with handsome actor Orlando Bloom. The 2 even exchanged a hug.

Dressed in a traditional kimono, Maeda received compliments from Orlando himself. “Amazing! You look beautiful!”said the actor.

Full Interview

What kind of movie do you think you’ll act in with Maeda? Love comedy?
Orlando: I don’t know, i have to read the script really. What would you like to do?
Maeda: Anything! (Orlando: Me too!)

What kind of advice would you give to Maeda if she wants to enter Hollywood?
Orlando: I don’t know if Hollywood is necessarily the place you want to be in. I don’t know why, but if you really want to be in Hollywood, you’ve just got to roll your sleeves and work hard, which i’m sure you’ll do.
Maeda: I will!
Commenting on her first appearance in an overseas movie premiere event, Maeda said “Furisode(a specific term for her kimono) is only worn when you are young, so i’m glad to be able to wear it at this age and at this event. Anyway the scale of this event is huge. The staff and cast are also really friendly towards the fans. As this is a world premiere, and i am able to watch in 3D, as a movie fan there’s nothing more to ask for!”

After the movie, Maeda said “I cried alot. Once again i realised how much i like this series. In this project, the theme of reunions, friendships and love are all included. I can relate to every character’s emotions. The last battle scene is definitely something to lookout for! Although this is the end of the series, i hope that it can continue.”

Finally, in reference to the theme of “last journey” and “breaking up with friends” in this movie, Maeda said “It’s a happy feeling to move on when you feel that you’ve done everything you can. I have graduated from AKB and is continuing my journey by myself now. A new journey starts whenever one ends, so i’m excited.”


[Updated]Golden girls of AKB48 return in 38th single “Kibouteki Refrain” Music Video

13 Nov

AKB48 38th Single [Kibouteki Refrain] (FULL MV.) from Valen S. on Vimeo.

In what may be a very shocking but pleasant surprise, AKB48’s graduated golden girls Maeda Atsuko, Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi and Oshima Yuko were featured in the music video of AKB48 38th single “Kibouteki Refrain”, set to release 26th November.
Starting with Takahashi Minami, the centers in the history of AKB48 showed up one after another, running a relay race to pass on 2 golden microphones. This action signifies the passing on of the center position. Watanabe Mayu and Miyawaki Sakura eventually receive the microphones and perform live with the rest of the senbatsu members.
There are lots of running scenes in this music video, which is also the theme for the jacket covers.
The single comes in 4 types in both regular and limited editions. Kojizaka46(centered by Kojima Haruna) will also have their first original song “Kaze no Razen” plus MV included in Type D.
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Jacket Covers

Maeda Atsuko makes a return to dramaland in “Nobunaga Concerto”

18 Oct

Ex AKB48 turned actress Maeda Atsuko will be making a guest appearance in the 3rd episode of this season’s getsu-kyu drama “Nobunaga Concerto”, starring Oguri Shun.  (getsu-kyu means Monday 9pm slot)

The drama is adapted from manga of the same title. Oguri Shun plays a high schooler who gets transported back in time to 1549 during the Sengoku era. He has to battle the weaknesses in himself to live as Nobunaga Oda, a warlord who unites Japan.

Maeda will be playing a village girl called “Oharu” who Oguri Shun meets by chance. The episode is set to air on the 27th October. This will be the first time both Oguri and Maeda are acting together.

“I’m really honoured to be able to join in the grand cast,” says Maeda. “There will be alot of characters appearing. I’d be happy if Oharu leaves a slight impression in everyone’s minds.”


Getsu9 and Oguri Shun….Acchan’s got a good project this time, despite her role being really minor.

Maeda Atsuko goes on yakiniku date with boyfriend despite his infidelity

14 Jul

Maeda Atsuko has decided to stick with her boyfriend Matsuya Onoe despite his latest cheating scandal, as both were captured going for a yakiniku date on the 5th July 2014. This is the first time the 2 were photographed together ever since their relationship was exposed in September 2013.

According to Josei Seven, the 2 were spotted in a high class yakiniku restaurant in Tokyo, seated opposite each other in a private room. In the midst of their “date”, Maeda moved to sit beside her boyfriend and they continued eating. After their meal the 2 walked leisurely with Matsuya matching Maeda’s footsteps. Maeda was smiling all the while.

Just last month, Matsuya Onoe was captured kissing a woman ‘A’ in her 40s, who works in radio broadcasting. He apologised for his behavior but many thought that this would be the end of his relationship with Maeda.However, 24 days later, both continued to date like nothing happened.

Josei Seven pointed out that this yakiniku date had a special meaning for Maeda. Even though Maeda has graduated from AKB48 and is free from the love-ban rule, she has chosen to date indoors to respect the feelings of her fans. That is why photos of her and her boyfriend have never been captured. This time, the decision to date in public was perhaps her way of showing ‘A’ that Matsuya Onoe is her boyfriend.


In a recent interview, Matsuya Onoe was asked about his ideal type.

“I like the type who can tolerate, someone who can walk 2 or 3 steps behind her husband,” he said, showing his preference for traditional type of girls. “Also, she has to wear kimonos and be able to manage.”

These are certainly traits of females married into the kabuki clans.



The problems brewing behind Maeda Atsuko’s relationship

22 Jun

With the recent expose on Onoe Matsuya’s fling with a woman 11 years older than him, attention has now turned onto how Maeda Atsuko will deal with her boyfriend’s infidelity.

Maeda Atsuko had started this relationship with marriage in mind. In return, she had expected Onoe Matsuya to be serious about it too.

A person who knows both of them said: “She’s really not the type to play around. She introduced Onoe to her mother and even met up with Onoe’s mother. In this day and age, few people expect acknowledgement from their partner’s parents. So Onoe told his friends that she’s ‘重い’.” (I don’t know how to translate this, but it means the girl is too serious and stressful.)

The 2 often date indoors, and this eventually led to cohabiting. However, this also means that they can see each other’s faults and arguments. A showbiz staff claims that Maeda had declared to her male actor friends that she wouldn’t cheat, and even reports her dinner plans with male friends to Onoe. In return, she also expects Onoe to do the same, and when he’s being evasive, she would question him further.

This staff also claims that Maeda had shown a violent side before. “Rumours of them breaking up started in March. She was in the resting room backstage sending mails to Onoe. After seeing something she disliked, she blew up, picked up a sushi from the table and threw it at the wall. The people around froze..and that’s how they believed her relationship wasn’t going smoothly.”

Now people are worried about Maeda’s mental state after finding out that she’s been cheated on. However, her rival is a successful woman with brains and beauty. What will Acchan do?


Maeda Atsuko talks about getting married,but boyfriend cheats behind her back

20 Jun

Kabuki actor Onoe Matsuya and ex-AKB48 ace Maeda Atsuko’s relationship is full of twists and turns. The two started their relationship in March 2013. In early June 2014, news sources reported about their breakup but soon enough, the two reconciled. However, Onoe Matsuya’s womanizing ways may perhaps be the wake-up call for Maeda to end this relationship.

On 6th June, Maeda Atsuko met up with fellow actors/actresses from drama “Q10” at a Izakaya in Tokyo. These friends were Emoto Tokio,Takahata Mitsuki and Sosuke Ikematsu and they collectively call themselves the “Uglies”. A reporter from Bunshun apparently sat nearby and was able to capture their conversation.

It was Maeda who first revealed that she and Onoe have reconciled, as he told her he still likes her. She had gotten into an argument with Onoe but decided to forgive him after he showed up at her doorstep looking “cute” after catching a cold. She revealed that her relationship with Onoe is pretty smooth now and is even ready for marriage as she likes him alot.

Fast forward to 5 days later.

As if playing with Maeda’s feelings, Onoe Matsuya was captured kissing a woman in her 40s inside a taxi. The woman is later said to be a radio producer and a divorcee with children. Onoe had guested on her radio show in March this year. Before they separated ways, he even asked her when they would meet next. Onoe then headed back to Maeda’s mansion.


Onoe Matsuya issues an apology: “I’m reflecting on my inappropriate actions”

“Regarding the report this time, I’m sorry for causing confusion and worries for fans and related personnel.To have such news reported about me, and for causing such chaos, I’m reflecting on my inappropriate actions. I will not cause such trouble and will concentrate on my work. Please continue to give me your guidance and support.”


Maeda Atsuko and Matsuya Onoe have broken up?

4 Jun

There seems to be some updates on the relationship status of Maeda Atsuko(22) and Matsuya Onoe(29), since news of them dating came out in September 2013.

According to the latest issue of Josei Shukan, the 2 seemed to have parted ways since the end of last year.

“Recently, the 2 of them have not been meeting up. Isn’t it because their relationship is over?” (Kabuki insider)

The management agencies for the 2 had no comments on this matter.

So news crew went to interview Matsuya’s mother, who gave full approval for her son’s relationship with Maeda last year and even said that she wouldn’t mind if her son got married the next day. However, this time round, Matsuya’s mother claims that she did not know if her son broke up with Maeda, and even said that she’d prefer her son to marry past the age of 30.

In another article, it is said that whilst the 2 of them have never commented on their relationship publicly, they seemed to be dating secretly in a mansion. However, over time the relationship dissipated.

“Matsuya is a player. After news broke about his relationship, he was troubled as he had no more excuses for the girls. He had no intentions to get married. But his name was out there already.” (Kabuki insider)

“I heard from people around him that he broke up at the end of last year.  The news of his relationship got too big and Maeda was troubled by it. I don’t know how they communicated after that, but they did not meet subsequently. As they did not admit to the relationship, there is no reason to answer they asked by the media,” said another insider.